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Sunday, July 31, 2011

Korean Beef

We have been super busy prepping for Mason's 1st Bday!! So while our dinner's have not been as in depth as usual, we are still trying to be health conscious! Tonight I decided to try a new recipe I found on Pinterest! It is called Korean Beef Bowl. This name says two things to me--delish and easy clean up! I think the recipe would be good as is, but I changed a few things as I went along! BTW--This is our new fav!! SUPER YUMMY AND EASY!!

Korean Beef Bowl

What You Need: 
-1 lb. Meat, you choose the type and cut

-Peeled and shredded ginger, maybe .5 T

    -pinch garlic salt

    -Soy sauce, enough to coat meat

    -Sesame oil, less than Soy Sauce, about 2 T

    -Sesame Seeds

    -1 Carrot, peeled and sliced thin

    -1/2 zucchini sliced thin into quarters

    -2.5 green onions

    -About 2 handfuls of Spinach

    -We used 1 serving of rice per person, but that can change depending on who you are feeding!

A Few Short Steps to a Great Meal
1.) Prep the Meat--You want to take your cut of meat, choose your fav, and slice it small and thin. The idea is that all of the veggies and meat will be done at the same time so you can pour it over the rice! You also want small enough slices so they fit in a bowl!

2.) Put all of the sliced meat into a bowl and add the brown sugar, garlic salt, soy sauce, sesame sauce, and ginger. Mix well then let it marinate while you slice up the veggies!

3.) Slice the veggies pretty thin to ensure that they all cook evenly! **You could add mushrooms, snow peas etc. I just used what was on the recipe since it what was in my house! You could always use water chestnuts instead of zucchini for example!

4.) Get your wok or large pan hot with canola oil and put in onions to give the oil flavor! You could also add garlic here, just make sure it doesn't burn! Give the onions a good stir, watch them as you get your rice going!

5.) After about a minute, maybe a little less if you use green onions as I did, add in the meat and the marinade. Let the meat cook for a while, giving a good stir every few minutes. *You don't want the meat to cook all the way here because you still have to add your veggies.

6.) After the meat has browned (5-7 mins) almost all the way through, add the rest of the veggies EXCEPT THE SPINACH and stir every minute or so. *You can watch and see the veggies cooking --they will cook quickly so don't lose focus!!

7.) When all of your veggies and meat look like they are cooked, go ahead and add your spinach! Wait about 2 minutes and it will start to wilt--now you are ready to dish up!

8.) Put rice into bowls and pour beef and veggies on top! ENJOY!!

Have a Wonderful Week!
Here is the pic again in case you forgot!!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

The Guest Room's New Dresser!

A few months back my friend Rachel and I went Garage selling and came across a house where a family was getting rid of some old belongings that they were quite attached to. After bargaining for what felt like hours, we were loading up what we could of the dresser and sent the hubby back to pick up the rest with his truck!

Well when I got it home Greg couldn't believe what I had picked out! It was an old piece that needed quite a bit of work (see fabric back), but I thought it had good bones. Besides, our guest room needed a new dresser!
See the beautiful carpet backing??? *LOVE*

So I got to work removing the handles and priming the piece. This was a cool piece because it had no finish on it so I didn't have to sand too much! I had seen a blog right about the time I bought this dresser that had kept the original hardware for the dresser she was working on and I loved the idea, so I was excited when I found something that had nice handles!

The back turned out to be easy peasy--they had taken some fabric and cushioning and put it on similar to a chair cushion, so I just had to remove the whole back piece, take off the 1,000,000,000 staples and put it back on! I really wanted a fun color to match the bedspread in the room, something that would make things pop since the walls are a neutral color!

I went with a Martha Stewart vintage turquoise color which I put on top of a white primer--I always use kilz. I used two coats of the MS paint and let that sit a few days before sanding it up. I wanted this piece to be a but lighter than my yellow hutch, so I did not leave the stain on as long this time. Think more like a summery beach vintage compared to grandma's attic vintage :). Since it is super hot and humid in Houston I let that sit for a few days as well, brought the piece in from the garage and put two clear top coats on so people could actually set things on top of the dresser without ruining it!!

Now I am on the search for the perfect chair for the corner and drapes for the windows!! I will post pics when I am done with the room!!! My goal is to have it done by Mason's first Bday which is in early august!!!!!

Thanks for reading!! Have a fabulous week!